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[ National Flag of New Zealand ] 1:2
[ National Flag and State Ensign ]
by Sam Lockton, 31 August 2002

Flag Adopted 12 June 1902

Use: National Flag and Government Ensign

Colours:

  • Blue: Pantone 280 C (websafe RGB 0-0-102)
  • Red: Pantone 186 C (websafe RGB 204-0-0)

The Pantone colours I gave (186 for the red and 280 for blue) are the official ones for the Union Flag and all UK derivatives. I know they are quite dark, but then so are the Union Flags that follow the official specification. The red also has quite a large blue component and even has some black. The CMYK values are C0 M91 Y76 K6. The dark blue is C100 M72 Y0 K18.5
Graham Bartram, 19 September 1999


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Description of the flag

Based on the British Blue Ensign, the New Zealand flag consists of the Union Flag in the upper hoist position, and the Southern Cross represented by four five-pointed stars in the fly.

Construction Sheet

[ New Zealand Flag Construction Sheet ]
by António Martins, 16 March 2000

The stars on the NZ flag are not a "true" cross, they fall at the relative positions of the stars Acrux, Mimosa, Gacrux and delta Crucis, and as such the "crossbar" doesnít intersect the upright at 90 degrees.
James Dignan, 30 August 1999

The centres of the stars forming the long limb of the cross shall be on a vertical line on the fly, midway between the Union Jack and the outer edge of the fly, and equidistant from its upper and lower edges; and the distance apart of the centres of the stars shall be equal to thirty-six sixtieths the hoist of the ensign.

The centres of the stars forming the short limb of the cross shall be on a line intersecting the vertical limb at an angle of 82 therewith, and rising from near the lower fly corner of the Union Jack towards the upper fly corner of the ensign, its point of intersection with the vertical line being distant from the centre of the uppermost star of the cross twelve-sixtieths of the hoist of the ensign. The distance of the centre of the star nearest the outer edge of the fly from the point of intersection shall be equal to twelve-sixtieths of the hoist of the ensign, and the distance of the centre of the star nearest the Union Jack from the point of intersection shall be equal to fourteen-sixtieths of the hoist of the ensign.

The star nearest the fly edge of the ensign shall measure five-sixtieths, the star at the top of the cross and that nearest to the Union Jack shall each measure six-sixtieths, and the star at the bottom of the cross shall measure seven-sixtieths of the hoist of the ensign across their respective red points, and the width of the white borders to the several stars shall in all cases be equal to one one-hundred-and-twentieth of the hoist of the ensign.

Dylan Crawfoot, 24 August 1999, quoting from New Zealandís Government flag page


Coat of Arms


by Sam Lockton, 28 September 2002
From an original image on this web site: http://www.mch.govt.nz/coat-of-arms.htm

The New Zealand coat of arms was granted 26th August 1911.
David Prothero, 09 Sep 1998

The base of the New Zealand coat of arms (the whole achievement on which the supporters stand) consists of two fern leaves.
David Prothero, 08 Sep 1998

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